The Conway Symphony Orchestra is joined by Arkansas Festival Ballet for selections from "The Nutcracker" along with favorite songs of the season at Conway's premier holiday event, set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5 at Reynolds Performance Hall in Conway.
Tickets are available at the Reynolds Box Office, by phone at 450-3265 or toll free at 1-866-810-0012, and at www.uca.edu/tickets. Prices range from $5 to $35, with significant discounts for children, students and the UCA community. A special rate of $15 per ticket is offered for groups of 10 or more for this concert only. The concert is underwritten by Fortier, Inc. with guest artist sponsorship by Morgan Keegan.
With a "Tutus and Tinsel" theme, the concert includes Christmas classics from "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" to "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," ending with the traditional favorite, "Sleigh Ride." Arkansas Festival Ballet, led by Artistic Director Rebecca Stalcup, performs an original dance to "The Skaters Waltz" and selections from "The Nutcracker" in the company's first collaboration with the Conway Symphony.
Parents are encouraged bring their cameras and dress their children in holiday finery for a photo with Santa in the Reynolds Performance Hall lobby at intermission. "It's a great way to start the holiday season with your entire family," said Music Director and Conductor Israel Getzov. "From grandparents to grandchildren, everyone can sing their favorite carols, experience the music of the Conway Symphony and enjoy the dance of Arkansas Festival Ballet."
Before the concert at the Nutcracker Sweets event, children and their families may enjoy hot chocolate, a selection of desserts, special artwork to celebrate "The Nutcracker" and a chance to meet the Maestro and ballet dancers from 6 to 7 p.m. in Brewer-Hegemen Conference Center adjacent to the Reynolds Performance Hall. Tickets are $5 for children and $7 for adults, and those attending Nutcracker Sweets will receive special discount pricing for concert tickets. Call 269-1066 to reserve a ticket, or visit www.conwaysymphony.org. Seating is limited to the first 80 registrations.
Parents can find the perfect gift for their favorite dancer at The Ballet Boutique, open during Nutcracker Sweets and immediately before and after the concert in the lobby of Reynolds Performance Hall.
In its 25th Anniversary season, the CSO exists to create meaningful experiences through performances and education. The 2009-2010 CSO roster is composed of both professional and pre-professional musicians performing seven concerts, plus classroom educational programs. Through the support of corporate and individual donors, the CSO makes the enjoyment of classical and popular music available to the entire community.